Current Opinion in Psychiatry was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of psychiatry is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Mohan Isaac FRCPsych, FRANZCP is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth and Consultant Psychiatrist, Fremantle Hospital and Health Services, Fremantle, Australia.
After completing his medical training at the Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, Mohan obtained postgraduate training and qualifications in psychiatry (Diploma in Psychological Medicine and Doctorate in Medicine –Psychiatry) from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. He joined the teaching faculty of NIMHANS in 1979 as a lecturer and subsequently worked there for over twenty-five years in various capacities and chaired the Department of Psychiatry for numerous years. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS. Mohan has contributed significantly to the development and implementation of the ‘National Mental Health Programme’ in India.
Mohan has assisted the World Health Organization (WHO) as a temporary adviser and consultant in mental health on numerous occasions and in different parts of the world including Afghanistan and Jordan. He has also worked as a staff member at WHO's headquarters in Geneva. He has assisted numerous other international organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, United Mission to Nepal, Kathmandu, Royal Netherlands Embassy in India, New Delhi, etc., on matters related to mental health.
Mohan actively supports the work of various non-governmental organizations in the field of health and mental health, in developing countries. He is the President of the “Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action” (www.sochara.org), and a past President of the “Medico-Pastoral Association” (www.medicopastoralassociation.com), both located in Bangalore, India. He has a special interest in delivery of mental health care in resource poor settings. He is currently involved in a project on “Capacity building for mental health care services, training and research in Asian countries”.
Igor Filipčić, MD, Ph.D, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia, and Chair of Psychiatry at Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia, as well as Head of the Postgraduate Program for Psychiatry, and Chair of Croatian Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Society.
After completing his medical training at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, he obtained postgraduate training at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb and qualifications in psychiatry at the University Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia. He is currently a CEO/Director of Psychiatric Hospital “Sveti Ivan”, Zagreb, Croatia, and Head of Department for Integrative Psychiatry and Laboratory of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation.
He is a member of the WPA, EPA, APA, HPD, World Psychiatric Association Comorbidity Section, a large number of other psychiatric and medical societies. Here, he has dedicated his career to research programs, while at the same time treating patients with schizophrenia and affective disorders. He is involved in a variety of research, national and international projects.
His current research interest is related to the association between mental illness and chronic medical illness; schizophrenia research, and mood disorders treatment, the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and “deep” transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of mental disorders, and in the early intervention services in patients with early-phase psychosis. He is the author more than 200 publications, two books and 11 book chapters. He has several teaching appointments in Croatia and has organized several national and international meetings. He supervises post-graduate and graduate students as well as medical residents and students.